Salary for Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

Also known as:  Appeals Examiner, Appeals Referee, Appellate Conferee, Hearing Examiner, Hearing Officer, Justice of The Peace, Traffic Court Referee

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Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers conduct legal proceedings and make decisions on claims and settlements involving government programs and regulations. These officials may determine the amount and severity of sanctions, liabilities, and/or penalties. Most professionals in this occupation have doctoral degrees, although a strong minority only have Bachelor's or Master's degrees.

An Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer can expect a pay level in a range of 64000 and 96000 depending on seniority. Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers can receive an average compensation of Eighty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred dollars per annum.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers have the highest average potential salary in Massachusetts, where they get an average pay rate of close to $127350.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.75 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$89,720

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
$89,720